Hello my friends, are you ready to do some sightseeing with us? OK! Let's start with the view from my hotel room at Newport - Sally and I each had our own room and this was the view from both. It was so neat to see the tides come in and out.
I saw all these birds on a dry spot of sand so I zoomed in to have a look.
This is my room.. I should have opened the curtain but the view was behind it. I had a fire going, too. Beyond the half wall was a love seat, 2 barrel chairs and a table. Very comfy.
Wednesday was our big day for adventuring. I snapped this photo from my balcony! It's Yaquina Head Lighthouse. I really zoomed in as this is quite a ways from our hotel.
We headed off from the hotel and I took Sally to see the wonderful little lighthouse called Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. If you've been a longtime reader of my blog, you'll recognize this.
We drove up the coast to Lincoln City to a restaurant where Sally could get breakfast and I lunch. Afterwards we got in the car so I could show her some of my favorite places. We drove to Taft and I showed her all the seals that hang out on the sand spit there on Siletz Bay - a favorite place to take our grandchildren as the beach is protected from the open ocean, but you can still see the ocean and the waves.
See their cute little faces?
I just love these 3 rocks in Siletz Bay with little gnarly trees growing on the tops.
I just think this is a quintessential image of coastal Oregon.
We drove up the Siletz River and I showed Sally the house that was built for the movie "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey, an Oregon author. It's a GREAT book and a FABULOUS movie. Have you heard of it? They built this for the movie and were going to burn it down after filming, but the authorities would not give permission for the burn as it was a dry summer. SO, they sold it to someone who finished it off and it's been lived in ever since. I love the look of this house.
I would *LOVE* to live here.
I spied this log in the water on our way to see the house and stopped to snap a few images of it. I love how a whole little ecosystem has sprouted from this old log. I wonder what the future of these trees holds?
Sally said.. do you see the Canada goose? Oh.. look at that! *Snap*
What a pretty goose! I wonder if she was making a nest here?
Then I took Sally to Sea and Sand RV Resort where we camp in our trailer/caravan for a week each April and October for Dayle's and my birthday. This is how close we are to the ocean when we camp there.
Heading south on Hwy 101 I swung off to show Sally another favorite "hidden" spot - it's at the north end of the Otter Crest Loop. It's a beautiful stone house overlooking this cove.
Another house where I'd love to live and never will. :-)
I parked in a little viewpoint park where Sally enjoyed the view, I walked out onto the bridge and turned to get this image of the house, the bay and the gorgeous waterfall that goes under the bridge. Pretty, pretty.
I wish someone would go move that log off there. :-D
Next up was to take Sally down through the Historic Bay Front at Newport on Yaquina Bay and show her the working fishing village activities. I showed her the fish packing plants, the galleries, diners, salt water taffy shops, the Undersea Gardens and Wax Museum. :-) Then on to show her the fishing boats at the docks and admire the Newport Bay Bridge.
The barking sea lions.
Back under the bridge to snap a shot from the other side.
Then back to the hotel to rest up before heading to dinner at Georgies Grill right next door. We had halibut fish and chips. Why not? :-) We both enjoyed resting up from the day in our rooms - Sally came through the adjoining door to say goodnight.. and the door locked behind her.. we had to call the front desk for help and he had to break into her door which was locked securely - and even cut off the security lock with a bolt cutter! LOL! All this at 11:30 pm. The next morning we had our coffee and breakfast in our rooms, packed up and were loaded up to head home at 11 am. Our last big visit was for me to take Sally to see the Yaquna Head Lighthouse - it was blowing a gale with rain but she gamely went out to pose for me.
I do think this is the most beautiful lighthouse.
I braved the elements - and it was blowing very stiffly - to take a photo of all these birds on top of a huge rock formation by the lighthouse - they looked like little penguins, don't they? I found out that they are Common Murres - a diving bird that breeds in colonies such as this.
Our last stop was for lunch at the tiny Otis Cafe - what a treat, they make all their own bread, biscuits, burger buns and pies. We both had breakfast - mine was called "Redneck Eggs Benedict". It was a biscuit with a sausage patty, then an egg omelet, topped with sausage gravy. Yes, I took a photo but to be honest, it didn't look that "pretty".. but it did taste good! I brought half of it home for Dayle.
It was a fun trip and Sally was so happy to see the ocean once again - and I showed her many places she'd never seen. She regaled me with stories of her family visits to the coast when she was younger and then of times there with her husband. Well, I better pack my swim bag and head to the pool to swim with Gracie. I hope you enjoyed going along with us on our adventure. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)